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Renaissance Dental and Brush!® Expand Program to Help Thousands of Children


2/18/2016

INDIANAPOLIS (February 18, 2016) — February is recognized as Children’s Dental Health Month, but Renaissance Dental, a leading ancillary insurance carrier of customizable dental and vision plans, knows that improving the oral health of kids is a year-round endeavor.
 
“Renaissance is dedicated to expanding the work we do to help children in need of dental care, which is why we continue to fund Brush!, a literacy-based oral-health education program at Head Start programs that serves more than 100,000 kids around the country,” said Robert P. Mulligan, president and chief executive officer of Renaissance Dental.
 
According to research from the National Association of Dental Plans, only 50 percent of American children over the age of two visit their dentist twice a year for routine exams. Renaissance hopes to increase that percentage by expanding Brush! programs in parts of the country most in need of support.
 
“The work we do through our Brush! program is invaluable for the educators we train and the children we serve. And we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of Renaissance,” said Dr. Holli Seabury, McMillen Health CEO. “Thanks to Renaissance, we’ve been able to expand in states like Georgia, where we face some of our toughest challenges.”
 
Brush! has expanded to six new locations in Georgia this year, almost doubling the number of children who are part of the program in one of the country’s worst states for children’s oral health. Throughout the year, children in the Brush! program receive weekly lessons on the importance of good oral health. Additionally, the program has a strong parent education component that includes a monthly newsletter that teaches parents important hygiene tips, as well as the importance of reading with their children to aid the development of language skills. It also emphasizes the significance of healthy eating habits at the family table.
 
About Renaissance Dental
Renaissance Dental is the flagship product of Renaissance Life and Health Insurance Company of America and Renaissance Health Insurance Company of New York. The Renaissance Family of Companies collectively provides dental coverage for more than 13.1 million people, paying out $3 billion for dental care annually. Renaissance has more than 55 years of claims processing experience, giving the company the ability to create innovative and flexible plans. The company’s goal is to provide exceptional customer service, manage costs and pass the savings on to clients. Renaissance has an “A” rating from A.M. Best and offers nationwide ancillary benefit solutions for employer groups and individuals. For more information visit http://renaissancedental.com/pr.
 
About McMillen Health 
Established in 1981, McMillen Health is a nonprofit with a mission to provide vital and effective preventive health-education programs that promote physical, emotional and social well-being. Each year, the McMillen Health educators teach over 50,000 youth and adults nationwide, in addition to providing the Brush! Oral Health program to over 100,000 preschoolers. McMillen Health is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information visit www.mcmillenhealth.org.
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